Our aim as a charitable society (No 1061109) is to put on a show not just for the benefit and entertainment of the spectators but for our competitors too.
As a non-profit making organisation relying mainly on voluntary staff, all the fees you pay to enter the show go towards the upkeep of the show ground and enable us to employ professional paramedics to ensure high quality medical help is on hand for anyone who may need it.
As soon as Christmas is over we begin in earnest to prepare for the year ahead. Schedules are sent to be printed, rosettes, numbers, wrist bands, badges and judging books are ordered. Stationary, passes tickets etcetera are all made ready. Once we receive our printed schedule we have the task of distributing it to past competitors, tack shops and feed merchants. It really is almost a year round job.
As always we look to our band of stalwart helpers, without whom we could not put on a show. Thankyou to every one of them. We would welcome anybody who would be prepared to help out in some way, be it as a committee member or just someone willing to help in some way no matter how small. Anyone willing to steward the horse classes on show day would be especially welcome.
We look forward to seeing you at our shows and hope we can go on into the future serving the horse loving community as well as our spectators and supporters.
Looking to the future of Mottram Show, we have acquired a new larger show ground where the horse rings will be well away hustle and bustle of the show, making for a quieter and safer environment for both horse and rider. It will take a year or two to move our show to the new ground, much thought will have to go into how best to set it up. We want to make the show ground a pleasant place for all our competitors and visitors on show day.
Fashions change as time goes by and that includes the popularity of the classes we put on for the horses and ponies. Looking back at an old schedule from the nineteen seventies I see it included a variety of gymkhana classes where upwards of thirty children fiercely competed for rosettes. In fact the Spring Show use to be known as Mottram Gymkhana. As their popularity declined they were removed from our schedule to be replaced with classes which were more in line with today’s requirements. Looking even further back in time one of the highlights were the hackney turnouts, what a spectacle they made high stepping round our show ring. Regrettably we rarely see a hackney turn out these days although they are still very welcome at our show.